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Could you build your own printer?


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Hi,

How hard is it to build a printer? Or do you leave it to the pro's at hp?
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lets see you make one

"windows is not the answer. its the question and no is the answer"
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You dont buld printers im afraid, im sure you might be able to get the parts and assemble one if you took the notion but there wouldnt be much point.
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If you have two of the same model/series, one with a faulty board, you may be able to swap them over. But that'll be about as far as it goes.

Of course, this may mean that your case may say its one model, the printer thinks its a different model and Windows thinks its an entirely different model altogether.
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Yes, i mean building printers would be really hard!

But you know laser printers?

How does it print so fast?

Is the ink like laserd on to the paper?
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I could tell you but its easier to look it up on wikipedia. It doesnt actually use ink though.
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http://www.webopedia...er_printer.html

you could...if you had the knowledge, the time, the money, and the equipment...build any kind of printer that you wanted...just like you could build your own processor..assuming you had these resources..

depends on what kind of printer you want to build really...i read an article in popsci..about a guy who basically built the worlds largest large format printer....

he built a device that attatched to the back of his bicycle that had a bunch of solenoids and "street paint" cans (those cans they use to spray lines in parking lots..or the lines on football fields)...he then assembled a bunch of circuit boards and software and what not to control the spray...he would then drive around town..and at a preselected gps location...the printer would print a message on the street....you could also send him text messages...and it would print those wherever he happened to be riding the bike
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Thats ace!

How big is the printer?
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it's a trailor that he pulls behind his bike..i think it was like 4X6..(feet)...not 100% sure
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Wow,

and he was allowed to print things on the road?
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not neccessarilly "allowed" but...you get the idea
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Yep.

And how does the ink get passed down the laser and on to the paper?
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it doesn't.....the laser charges a drum which causes the drum to pick up the oppositely charged ink...then the paper get's rolled across the drum..thereby transfering the ink to the paper...just like a printing press
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